a British peer of the highest rank
a nobleman (in various countries) of high rank
The male ruler of a duchy (compare duchess).
A high title of nobility; the male holder of a dukedom.
A grand duke.
To hit or beat with the fists.
The title of a duke.
; mostly U.S. and rather rare.
A private university in North Carolina.
a leader; a chief; a prince
in England, one of the highest order of nobility after princes and princesses of the royal blood and the four archbishops of England and Ireland
in some European countries, a sovereign prince, without the title of king
to play the duke
Origin: [F. duc, fr. L. dux, ducis, leader, commander, fr. ducere to lead; akin to AS. ten to draw; cf. AS. heretoga (here army) an army leader, general, G. herzog duke. See Tue, and cf. Doge, Duchess, Ducat, Duct, Adduce, Deduct.]
A duke or duchess can either be a monarch ruling over a duchy or a member of the nobility, historically of highest rank below the monarch. The title comes from French duc, itself from the Latin dux, 'leader', a term used in republican Rome to refer to a military commander without an official rank, and later coming to mean the leading military commander of a province. During the Middle Ages the title signified first among the Germanic monarchies. Dukes were the rulers of the provinces and the superiors of the counts in the cities and later, in the feudal monarchies, the highest-ranking peers of the king. A duke may or may not be, ipso facto, a member of the nation's peerage: in the United Kingdom and Spain all dukes are/were also peers of the realm, in France some were and some were not, while the term is not applicable to dukedoms of other nations, even where an institution similar to the peerage existed. During the 19th century many of the smaller German and Italian states were ruled by Dukes or Grand Dukes. But presently, with the exception of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, there are no ruling dukes. Duke remains the highest hereditary title in Portugal, Scandinavia, Spain and the United Kingdom. The Pope, as a temporal sovereign, has also, though rarely, granted the title of Duke or Duchess to persons for services to the Holy See. In some realms the relative status of "duke" and "prince", as titles borne by the nobility rather than by members of reigning dynasties, varied, e.g. in Italy and the Netherlands.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Duke' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2959
Rank popularity for the word 'Duke' in Nouns Frequency: #1239
The numerical value of Duke in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Duke in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
David Duke endorsed me? alright. I disavow. OK?
Just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke, OK?
David Duke is a bad person, who I disavowed on numerous occasions over the years.
Senate Republicans condemn David Duke and the KKK in the strongest terms possible.
The duke had a mind that ticked like a clock and, like a clock, it regularly went cuckoo.
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Translations for Duke
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- герцаг, князьBelarusian
- велик херцог, херцог, юмрук, дукBulgarian
- ducCatalan, Valencian
- vévoda, velkovévodaCzech
- Großherzog, HerzogGerman
- μέγας δούκας, δούκαςGreek
- suurherttua, herttuaFinnish
- hartochWestern Frisian
- ard-diúc, diúcIrish
- diùcScottish Gaelic
- duic, ard-duicManx
- អ្នកឧកញ៉ា, ចៅពញាKhmer
- HerzogLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- hertogLimburgish, Limburgan, Limburger
- hercogs, lielhercogs, erchercogsLatvian
- војвода, велик војводаMacedonian
- hertugNorwegian Nynorsk
- duque, grão-duquePortuguese
- князь, герцогRussian
- vojvoda, војводаSerbo-Croatian
- князь, герцогUkrainian
- jidük, jiledük, dük, hidük, hiledük, ledükVolapük
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